• 50 deckchairs • 1000 cans of Schwarze Dose • 9 palm trees • 34 key speakers
..and 550 participants focused on sharing the most innovative ideas on the digital scene. 7 May was a massive day for the VentureVillage and Gruenderszene team as we hosted our very first conference – Heureka!
Hosted in the Energieforum on the banks of the River Spree, the event drew star speakers and panel participants from leading companies including Microsoft, EyeEm, Team Europe and Rocket Internet as well as investors such as Mangrove Capital, Holtzbrinck Ventures, DuMont and Point Nine Capital.
Sebastian Siemiatkowski – keynote speaker and CEO and co-founder of eCommerce giant Klarna added: “Topics are very down to earth and the focus on practical experience. You can learn a lot more from mistakes and those have to be shared –and Heureka! is the perfect venue for this.”
But don’t worry of you missed any of the action – here’s a quick recap of Heureka! highlights… in video form, including the famous Incubator Group Hug.
Speed pitching in style
Meanwhile, a special speed-pitching event allowed 26 startup hopefuls pitch their wares to 13 key investors in the hope of startup love blossoming at the event. Florian Spathelf, founder of startup Meine Spielzeug Kiste said: “Heureka! offers the possibility to talk with investors on an equal footing. To exchange with experienced individuals who have forged their own way already.”
An after-conference barbecue saw attendees relax and network on the banks of the River Spree.
The Heureka! conference in pictures